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Welcome to the Center for Civic Leadership

The mission of the Center for Civic Leadership is to foster engaged citizenship through integrated curricular and experiential learning opportunities. These opportunities help students develop the capacity to exercise civic leadership by better understanding themselves, their responsibilities as citizens, the complexity of social issues, and the mechanisms for creating sustainable change in Houston and communities beyond.

The Center for Civic Leadership will be recognized as a model for creating mutually beneficial university-community partnerships that promote positive, sustainable change. Our students and graduates will engage the world confidently and courageously, poised to take action on the challenges they deem most important based on their values, and they will exercise leadership as compassionate, critical thinking citizens whose engagement in communities reflects a dynamic process that continues throughout their lives. 

Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, Rice undergraduate students will have the opportunity to develop their capacity as civic leaders through the Certificate in Civic Leadership


We recently consolidated our offices, and are in the process of designing a new website that more clearly communicates our opportunities and organization. Please bear with us as we go through this transition.

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CCL Student Advisory Board 

The Center for Civic Leadership is in the midst of developing a five-year strategic plan that will guide the future of undergraduate civic leadership education and the university's partnerships in Houston, the U.S. and around the world. We invite undergraduates to serve on a new student advisory board that will meet with CCL staff monthly. Members of the board will provide diverse perspectives to inform our strategic plan and serve as ambassadors for the CCL, ensuring that students are aware of opportunities that meet their interests. Please complete the form through the following link by October 31, 2014: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15342X7QsdFCXaLSDiS_S2aK-P0FwJExMLWrPzkjS7v0/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link.

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Lovett College senior Kareem Ayoub and Rice alumna Jessica "Jecca" Steinberg '11 are among the 40 students across the U.S. who were named Marshall Scholars this year.The Marshall Scholarship allows distinguished American students to pursue two years of graduate study at any educational institution in the United Kingdom. Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, leadership and ambassadorial potential. »
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